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american university. an assistant professor is under fire after breast-feeding her baby during class. the incident happened two weeks ago during the first day of sex, gender, and culture class. professor adrienne pine brought her infant daughter to class and breast fed without covering up in front of 40 students. she said online that she couldn't take her daughter to daycare because she was sick, and canceling class did not seem like an option. students are speaking out on both sides of the debate. >> i felt rather uncomfortable in the class. i don't go to classrooms to feel uncomfortable. >> i think women should be able to breast-feed in public because it's not unnatural and is not something we should be ashamed of. >> professor pine declined to comment. the school issued a statement that said, "au does not have a policy that specifically addresses breast-feeding. the university is guided by personal law which does not prohibit or allow breast-feeding in certain environments."
you can continue the discussion online on our facebook page. >> already dozens of comments about that issue on facebook. 4:31 right now. something else people are talking about right now and have been talking about all week long is the weather. >> i feel like most people agree it's nice weather. >> oh, yeah. it's absolutely -- it just feels so good not to have the humidity and so pleasant during the afternoons. but it's chilly now. another morning with the temperatures unusually chilly for mid-september. there's the view from space. we've got this, again, large area of high pressure still over the region, slowly drifting off to the east. all those areas you see in the light blue, those areas are down into the 40s in a few location. in the rural areas of virginia and west virginia. most of the areas in green mostly in the 50s. and right near 60 at the bay waters and reagan national. close-up view, metro temperatures, prince george's county, mid-50s. arlington, fairfax county, low
to mid-50s. in the midwest, only near 50 degrees and upper 40s. by 6:00 a.m., still a chill in the air under a clear sky. sunrise 6:47. by noontime for your lunch hour, low humidity in place. temperatures in the mid-70s by noontime. around 80 by midafternoon with lots of sun, low humidity. a spectacular afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes with the hometown forecast. look who's in the house. danella sealock back with our first 4 traffic. good morning. >> good morning. great to be back. happy wednesday to you. traveling on the inner loop of the beltway, this time as you make your way past the dulles toll road, that entrance to the ramp westbound dulles toll road shutting it down due to road work. let's talk about the outer loop of the beltway at 193. one lane getting by. good nuds here. looks like this road work is absolutely gone and travel lanes open. also open f you're traveling on
to 395, not seeing any issues northbound or southbound. crossing over the 14th street bridge, as you make your way into the district, nice and clear. back in ten with another look at your traffic. aaron and eun, back over to you. breaking news in northeast washington, police are investigating a stabbing there. let's go right to news 4's melissa mollet with what we know now. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. police are still on the scene at lincoln and "r." this is what we understand. the call for an aggravated assault went out at 3:30 this morning. an adult male was found on the steps in front of the lincoln road apartment. he had multiple stab wounds to his chest. at this point, he was not speaking to police. so they do not have any suspect information or information about what happens. a block here is shut down as police try to figure out what happened here. they say the man was conscious and breathing when he was taken to med-star, and he is expected to recover. as soon as we get any
information, we will pass that along. melissa mollet, news 4. back to you. a developing story out of the middle east. protests over a film critical of the muslim prophet muhammad are turning deadly. secretary of state hillary clinton confirming demonstrators killed a state department officer at the u.s. consulate in the libyan city of benghazi. clinton is calling on libya's president to help protect americans in his country. the u.s. is also working with governments in other countries to protect americans abroad. protests also erupting in egypt today. this is the u.s. embassy in cairo, where demonstrators scaled walls and tore down an american flag. most of the embassy staff had left the compound earlier about being warned about the protest. this violence was also sparked by that film made by a california man. someone later dubbed excerpts from it into arabic and posted them on youtube. breaking news. nearly 130 people are dead in two huge factory fires in pakistan. the largest fire at a garment
factory in karachi, where crews are still trying to put out the fire. many of the 103 who died were trapped in the basement. 25 others are dead in a shoe factory fire in lahore. many of pakistan's factories lack basic safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems. president obama heads west today. he's set to campaign in las vegas this evening. nevada is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested states this year. the polls show the president and mitt romney essentially tied there. the president visiteded reno yesterday and spoke at the national guard convention. romney is ramping up his campaign less than two months before election day. he's in florida for a private fund-raiser, and his campaign has added a second stop in the sunshine state. romney also scrapped his plans to take this upcoming weekend off at his beach house in san diego. his aides say he'll spend the weekend campaigning instead. today romney will be in our area and hold a rally in fairfax.
the first lady will also visit virginia tomorrow. the first lady will speak to her husband's supporters in richmond. and then give a speech at mary washington. mitt romney's wife ann rommy will speak in leesburg on friday. a young man who brought a gun to school pointed a gun at his teacher, his class, and then himself before being restrained. the stemmers run middle school in essex was put on lockdown yesterday. this comes two weeks after a student at perry hall high school shot another student in the cafeteria. the victim of that shooting was released from the hospital on monday. the gunman accused, 15-year-old robert gladden, is being charged as an adult with attempted murder and assault. this morning a mother wants to know who shot and killed her son as he walked to school in prince george's county. someone shot marckel ross on old central avenue in capitol heights as he walked to high school. he was a junior there.
his mother told news 4 a group of boys bullied her son last year. she said the bullying was so intense she took her complaints all the way to the board of education. despite that, her son made good grades, though. >> every quarter last year, and we had been talking about him going to college. and i told him i also would like to see him go in the reserves. i'm not going to rest until i find out who killed my son and why. >> prince george's county police offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. apparently, thieves took advantage of the power outages after the storm in prince george's county. business owners reported several break-ins on saturday. the owner of this shell gas station in clinton told news 4 thieves targeted his business. grus reportedly stole copper pipes, damaging the ac unit, which will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. he also says security units were not working because of the power outage. there's this phone thing happening today. it's being touted adds one of
the biggest electronic launches of all time. today this phone thing -- we talked about it, i guess. we finally get to see if the iphone 5 lives up to all the hype. the newest version of apple's uber-successful iphone will be unveiled in san francisco today. it's expected to be faster, slimmer, and have a bigger screen. analysts also project that more than 5 million of the phones could fly off store shelves its debut weekend alone. when it comes right down to it, the core of this apple may not be revolutionary. >> the laws of physics and design sort of dictate that a phone can really only be a phone. we're not going to get a magical flying spaceship. it's going to be a relatively square device with a touchscreen operating in a way that's relatively familiar to people. >> blast that. it's not just a phone? the announcement could boost the economy. it's scheduled for 1:00 east coast time today. >> there's somebody in my family
who's been long awaiting the iphone 5. it's not me, and it's not the kids. i'm just saying. >> it is just a phone. i like the point she made. at the end of the day, it's just a phone. ahead on "news 4 today," the crime putting a d.c. council member at a disadvantage for the upcoming election. plus trying to dry out in the desert after heavy rain leaves las vegas under water.
good morning. clear and sunny on the ones. down to 50 in the rural areas. near 60 in washington and near the bay. la plata in charles county, out to be up by mid-70s throughout the afternoon. climbing into near 80 by midafternoon. sunrise 6:47. sunset 7:20. i'm back with your seven day outlook in ten minutes. danella here now with your traffic. good morning. >> good morning. if you're making the commute on i-270, heading southbound and northbound, your travel lanes are open. we'll fly over southbound together as you make your way towards clarksburg, 58 miles per hour southbound as your travel lanes are open. not seeing any road work. again continuing through gaithersburg, rockville, connecting to the beltway. no issues to report there. taking the beltway, as you make
the inner loop of the beltway, and driving right past university boulevard, the left lane is blocked by the roadway there. that should be ending pretty soon. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. 4:43. still to come, getting payback. the amount of money a former irs employee is taking home after being punished for
welcome back. 4:45 this morning. the chicago teachers strike begins its third day with no imminent deal in sight. the group marched from the headquarters to the chicago board of trade. union leaders will meet this morning to discuss the school board's new comprehensive proposal. the union has agreed to just 6 of the 49 articles in the current contract. one of the main sticking points is teacher evaluations linked to
standardized test results. the obama administration approved the first group of applications to the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. the department of homeland security is allowing a small group of immigrants to get work permit s and avoid deportation for two years. to qualify, they have to be younger than 30 years old and have lived here for at least five years. the agency so far has received 72,000 applications. the irs is giving a former swiss banker $104 million for helping to bring in tax cheats. bradley brinkenfeld told the government what went on in ubs's wealth management division. he served two years in prison for helping american clients hide their money overseas. he was arrested last month and is now on house arrest. his lawyer says the $104 million reward should encourage more
people to be whistleblowers. council member michael brown will be at a disadvantage heading to the election. someone stole more than $100,000 from his campaign fund. he found out about the theft in june and fired his campaign treasurer. he didn't say who the accused thief is but says he trusted that person for years. >> the person who embezzled from the campaign was someone who had been working with me for more than half a decade. it was someone i had extreme confidence in as well as many members of district officials, not just in the district of columbia ya, but in this region. >> brown has not filed charges in this case but says he wants the person to be prosecuted. a temple hill man is behind bars this morning. he was arrested allegedly after robbing a bank. 33-year-old troy maddox walked in the m&t bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash and then took off on his bike. police say, once they caught up
with him, they had to taser him to subdue him. maddox was taken to the hospital and released. steep sentences were handed down in the south capitol street mass shooting. five people were killed and nine injured in the march 2010 the shooing. three of the men convicted received life in prison without the chance of parole. another man will spend 54 years. and the man who supplied the weapons will spend 30 years in prison. >> are you satisfied with the sentence? >> not really, but to know that three of them will never have a chance to be on the street again, and the other two, they'll be very old when they do have a chance to come on the streets. >> prosecutors say all of the attacks stemmed from an argument over a missing fake diamond bracelet. hundreds packed the baltimore hebrew memorial yesterday to pay tribute to ravens owner art modell. modell is credited with growing the nfl's tv presence by helping
to found monday night football. he is heavily criticized in cleveland for moving the browns to baltimore. modell died thursday at the age of 87. a brand of cheese products is being recalled after three people in maryland were hospitalized with listeria. forever cheese is recalling their ricotta salata frescolina cheese with lot number t9425 and production code number of 441202. the maryland department of health is advising people not to use these products and avoid using cutting boards or utensils that came in contact with the cheese. residents in las vegas are cleaning up from thunderstorms that caused flash flooding. the rising water damaged about 45 homes. officials in clark county knocked on doors, suggesting residents leave as a precaution. so far, no injuries have been reported. that heavy rain caused delays in and out of the vegas airport too. everything is expected to be back to normal today.
this morning people in canada cleaning up from tropical storm leslie. swift winds and heavy rain knocked out power to thousands in st. john's in newfoundland. the storm ripped off roofs from buildings and downed some trees as well. it's also forced the airlines in that area to cancel flights at the island's main airport. no word, though, this morning on injuries. leslie's been epic. it's like she won't go away. >> luckily here, we've had calm, pleasant weather. this is my favorite kind of weather, where there's a touch of fall, but still warm in the afternoon and sunny, tom. love it. >> making tom kierein our favorite person. that's how it works. >> it's t-wa weather, and it's back. it's fresh and cool. if you left the window open, your toes are a little chilly. starting off with a clear sky. a live view from the washington monument overlooking washington
there. it's under a clear sky. reagan national at 61. that's the warm spot on those warm the waters of the potomac dewpoint at 53. very light breeze. the dewpoint is comfortably dry, and the low humidity with us thanks to this huge area of high pressure over our region, slowly drifting off the atlantic sea board. under this clear sky out of the mountains, many locations in the 40s, parts of the shenandoah valley. these little patches of blue, these are the areas in the 40s. few locations in southern maryland, parts of northern virginia, and maryland, and the eastern shore right around 50 degrees. a bright and clear morning. sunrise at 6:47. by 6:00 a.m., still a chill in the air. we'll generally be low to mid and upper 50s. by noontime for your lunch hour, warming up into the low to mid-70s, just delightful for an outdoor lunch. by late afternoon, we'll be from near 80 degrees, falling back down to the 70s. and then by dawn tomorrow, down to the mid-50s. during the day on thursday, back
near 80 again during the afternoon. still low humidity. and comfortable. and then on friday, partly cloudy. just a tad more humid. still not uncomfortable. highs reaching the low 80s. and then as we get into saturday, right now it looks like it's going to be improving. only a slight chance of a shower maybe friday night into saturday morning. another area of high pressure pushing in. does look like it's going to keep the weekend dry. that's a change from the way it looked yesterday. weekend looking better with highs near 80 saturday and sunday and partly cloudy. as we get into the first part of next week, a dry start on monday. could get some showers perhaps monday night into tuesday is the way it looks right now with highs in the 70s. i'm back in ten minutes. danella is here now with your first 4 traffic on this wednesday morning. good morning, danella. >> good morning, tom. checking the roadways. still seeing some work zones in place. most of the cones are in the process of being picked up. if you are traveling northbound i-95 in triangle, you're going to see your left lane blocked.
again, that should be ending any moment now. i'm seeing just green in the area in both directions. that says to me your volume is very, very, very light. good news. traveling from prince william parkway heading to the beltway, not bad at all. your travel speed 66 miles per hour. that's a little fast slowdown. right now drivers are taking about 13 minutes to get to the beltway. traveling on the beltway, crossing over the wilson bridge, nice and clear in both directions. no road work. no delays. and no accidents. i'm back in ten with another look at your traffic as well as a look at your rails. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. today you can offer your thoughts with plans to raise rates on the dulles toll road. it's holding a public hearing to discuss its proposal. it wants to raise tolls from $2.25 to $2.75 next year. rates would increase another 75 cents in 2014 and an additional dollar the year after that. the money would pay for the construction of metro's silver line and fix up the dulles toll road. the meeting will run from 5:00
to 8:00 in reston. if you've taken the i-75 and wondered what the red lanes are. people are baffled by the red lanes outside the beltway. vdot says the color is used to draw attention to the lanes which you can only use for certain hours. a green arrow or red "x" shows when you can and cannot use the lanes. the red helps make the roadway even clearer. >> that new color is there just to let people know this is the special lane the green arrow and red x's are referring to. >> and vdot is reinforcing hov lanes on i-66. it's painting a double line to discourage drivers from switching in and out of the lanes whenever they want. >> it's to help drivers know exactly. >> and that you shouldn't be in there all the time. 4:54 now. it might be time to cut back on your time at the office. how about that?
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the answer may lie in your cell phone bill. coupon cabin found that 1 in 4 cell phone owners pay more on their phone than on their groceries. more than half of those surveyed pay more than $100 per month on their mobile service and 33% pay more for their phone service than they do for basic utilities. i've got a big family. i'm paying a lot more for food. >> it's interesting. i guess people who don't cook probably pay more for their cell phones. the new york school bus monitor who was bullied by students got a big check thanks to the generosity of strangers from around the world. a group that originally wanted to give her enough for a luxury vacation presented her a check for $703,000 yesterday. you see it right there. that outpouring from more than 30,000 people from around the world. millions watched a video online of her being bullied to tears. the 68-year-old grandmother has started a new career as an anti-bullying activist.
a trail blazing army veteran is celebrating a milestone. >> alice dixon celebrated her 105th birthday yesterday. she deployed to world war ii as a battalion. she was the only battalion comprised of all african-american women. they delivered millions of pieces of mail to soldiers fighting in europe. the veterans department honored miss dixon. she told us the secret to her longevity. >> you have extras, give somebody something else. be kind to people and share. that's why god let me stay here this long. >> i like that. dixon says growing up with eight siblings helped her learn how to do that sharing. she is the oldest surviving member of her unit and one of the oldest surviving veterans of world war ii. what an incredible woman. thank you for your service and happy birthday. >> good advice there for all of us to listen to.